Saturday, May 28, 2016

Froyo Fixes Everything

A post on a Saturday? Sure why not? And what's even better? This post is just for me. No DT stuff, no challenges, just a little sumpin' sumpin' because I felt like it. Ahhhh....I needed that. Think I'll need to do it again soon. But first! Lemme show ya what I got!

I finally got my hands on some Sweet Stamp Shop stamps, and I lurve them! This little number above features some images from the new Froyo & Friends set. It's so stinkin' cute! A lot of their stamps were originally intended for planners, but I'm not a stamp-in-you-planner type of girl. Yet. I have a feeling that I will be soon. But back to my card.....

I colored the froyo with my Memento Markers by Imagine Crafts. I die cut around it with one of Stampendous' Fitted Frames, and then I inked the edges with Angel Pink Memento ink. I stamped the sentiments on to red cardstock with VersaMark ink, and then I used Detail White Embossing Powder for some texture and shine. I used a couple more Fitted Frames to cut them out.

I spritzed my pink background with Pink Lemonade Memories Mist and added some Stickles to random spots. A little textured purple cardstock, a little ribbon, Summer Sky ink on the card base, and voila! This little baby came together quick. And I can't wait to break out more of my new Sweet Stamps. I'll have a tutorial for Imagine Crafts in June that features some of their images, so please be sure to check back! And you can follow me on all types of social media by clicking the little buttons near the top on the right side of my post. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Gothic Ballerina

Greetings! It's Friday, so I have a new project featuring an image from A Day for Daisies. I used Magical Poppy Dancer to create a gothic card.

I colored her with my Tombow Dual Brush Markers, and then I tore the paper surrounding her. Then I inked the edges with Black Shimmer Delicata Ink from Imagine Crafts.

The background was created with a fabulous embossing folder from Sizzix. After it was embossed, I inked the raised areas with the same Black Shimmer ink. I love how metallic it is.

You can really see it here. I inked my card base with Grape Jelly Memento ink, and I created a little sentiment with some leftover black cardstock. I wrote "danse macabre" with a Signal White Molotow pen. I love these pens. Best white pens I've ever used!!! I crumpled the paper up and inked it with Black Shimmer as well.

I added just a little bit of washi tape that has some spider webs to the upper left corner. The card just needed a little something more. I hope you like my take on this lovely ballerina. Please be sure to visit the rest of the A Day for Daises team over on the Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sea Creatures with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! I am so excited to bring you my latest ATC for Wicked Wednesday. This week, we are sponsored by a new (to me) digi stamp company called Digistampatelier. These digis are so cool...and many of them are just...haunting. I love them. Our theme this week is "Sea Creaures," and I decided to work with Mermaid and Fish.

Seriously. Love. This. Image. And truth be told, I'm kinda over the whole mermaid thing. I love 'em, but there just seems to be so many out there. But this little beauty takes my breath away. And I loved coloring her. I used my Tombow Recycled pencils, and I went for some unusual colors for her skin, to make her a little bit more "fishy."

I used some Stampendous Mica Flakes and green fibrous paper behind her. I added some foam squares to her so that she would be raised up.

I also sprinkled some assorted embossing powders from Stampendous in the top corner. My paper already had all of those cool, washed out colors, and it worked perfectly with my colored image. I think this is one of my favorite projects that I've made so far this year. There's just something about her...A lot of it has to do with that look in her eyes. Just wait until you see what the rest of the team has come up with. So be sure to visit the Wicked Wednesday Blog to check it all out. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Delicata Goes Spooky

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When I first heard that Imagine was going to have a new black Delicata ink, I couldn’t have been more excited. I love anything that shimmers—and I love black. What can I say? Goth girl right here! My style tends to go toward the creepy end of things, so I decided to showcase the new Black Shimmer in that way.
Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes + drying time
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Step 1: Tape the stencil to cream colored cardstock. Using the Picasso Shield, block off part of the ball, where the claws would be. Ink up a stencil brush by rotating it gently on Black Shimmer Delicata. Use the same circular motion to apply the ink to the stencil.
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Step 2: Once you finish inking the crow (I gave it 2 coats), use Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata ink in the same way to ink up the weather vane and the ball that the raven is standing on. I used a smaller stencil brush for this part. Flip your Picasso Shield so that you don’t ink on to it’s claws. Wipe down your stencil brush again and apply just a little Celestial Copper Delictata ink to some areas of the weather vane.
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Step 3: After the ink dried (which happens pretty quickly), I tore the edges around my raven and inked them with Desert Sand Memento Ink. Next, I sprayed the piece with Original GooseBumps and left this piece off to the side to dry while I worked on my other pieces.
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Step 4: Cut a piece of black cardstock to fit the card base. Rub the cardstock with Black Shimmer, and then with Celestial Copper. I didn’t go too heavy with either color, and I kept it very random.
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Step 5: Run this piece thru a machine in the Gridiron embossing folder. Rub Delicata Silvery Shimmer onto the raised areas.
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Step 6: Spritz the embossed piece with Tuxedo Black irRESISTables spray and Original GooseBumps. Let dry.
Step 7: On the card base, rub Emboss ink on one side, then sprinkle Aged Black Embossing Enamel on. Do not shake off. The Emboss ink won’t hold the chunkier pieces of the mix. The ink is applied just to give some “stick” to the smaller bits. Heat from underneath. Continue to the next side, and repeat until all 4 sides have been embossed.
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Step 8: Attach all of your layers together. I added a sentiment from a scrap piece of Halloween cardstock that I had. I love all of the texture and shine from the various inks, sprays, and enamel that are used. Once everything was glued down, I drew some “stitches” with Tuxedo Black irRESISTables Pico Embellisher.
Alison Heikkila's spooky Delicata card photographed with miniature collectables from The Crow.
Since my favorite movie is The Crow, I decided to photograph my card with some of my memorabilia. 
Supplies
Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous! – Raven Dreamweaver Stencil, Picasso Shield, Aged Black Embossing Enamel, Stencil Brushes
  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Gridiron Em-bossing Fold’er
  • Sentiment – DCWV
  • Card base
  • Cream cardstock
  • Adhesive

Using Vellum with A Day for Daisies

Hello! It's time for a new challenge with the A Day for Daises team. For the next 2 week,s we are asking you to "Use Vellum." The images we are showcasing are from the Magical Dancers collection. I am sharing Magical Bloom Dancer.

I used Copics to color her in, and I went a little gothic with her. Her skin is actually grey. Her dress is showing as a little more yellow than the lime that it is in real life, but you get the idea.

I used a fun bead mix around the image's border for some texture. For my vellum, I was happy to have lime...which really matches her dress perfectly, and I stamped it with a sheet music stamp (Mixed Media Cling Rubber Musical Motif) from Stampendous, and I embossed it with Detail Black Embossing Powder.

I also added some beautiful sheer ribbon from May Arts in a deep orange to go with the color of the poppies on the sweet dancer. The ink I used around the edges is Tuxedo Black Memento from Imagine Crafts. That's it for me today. Please be sure to visit the rest of the A Day for Daises gals over on the blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Inspired by Pinterest with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge, and this is a GREAT one! So I am guessing that many of you are fans of Pinterest? Of course you are! So how many of you Pin inspirational photos, to try and make something based off of it later, but you never do? Well, this challenge is totally for you, then! I'm sorta guilty...but I try to make things from my boards from time to time. The theme is "Inspired by Pinterest." And, we are sponsored by Nikki Burnette...I love her images. You can find my inspiration Pin HERE.

I colored Nikki's Taryn image with Memento Markers from Imagine Crafts, and I cut her out. For my background, I finger painted with 2 Dylusions paints and blended them together to get orange in the middle. I love to finger paint! Next, using Tuxedo Black and Wedding Dress irRESISTables Pico Embellishers, I drew in the clouds and grass. After I glued the image down, I drew the border around it.

I was trying to emulate not only the colors from my inspirational Pin, but also the clouds and the trees...but I drew the grass instead. I seriously loved making this ATC because of the theme Jenn came up with this week, and i really hope that you'll play along! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals over on the Blog. And feel free to follow meon social media...including Pinterest! Click on the links below my profile picture. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Rose Wedding- Celebrating Sentiments


Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is sharing projects with the Celebrating Sentiments stamps. Tese are great all-in-one stamps that have a fun border and a great sentiment inside. Plus, they are large enough to fill almost your entire card base, so you can get cards made in no time. My project today features Rose Wedding


Supplies:
Stampendous:

R253: Rose Wedding
FRGL01: Multi Crystal Glitter Mix
EK15: Converge Embossing Powder Kit
VM001: VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
Acrylic Stamp Handle
STF082: Onyx Black VersaFine Ink

Others:
Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle: 123, 130, 102, 168, 166, 154
My Colors Cardstock: Coral Rose
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue






Directions:
1. Stamp Image on to Mixed Media Cardstock using Onyx Black VersaFine ink. Color the image using Aquarelle Pencils in the colors listed in the supplies. Add water using a brush to give the image a watercolor effect. Add Zip Dry glue to the "berries" and sprinkle with Multi Crystal Glitter Mix. Let dry. Trim.

2. To make the card base, cut Coral Rose cardstock down to 5 1/2" x 8" Fold in half. Apply Versamark ink to 2 edges, sprinkle Lettuce embossing powder (from the Converge Embossing Powder Kit) and heat emboss. Repeat with the other 2 sides. 

3, Apply the image to the card base using Zip Dry adhesive. 


Below are the rest of the folks posting today. Be sure to drop by their blogs. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Take Two for the May ADfD Club Kit

Greetings! I am sharing a new card featuring one of the lovely new images from A Day for Daises today. She's part of the May Club Kit, and is called Little Dancer Daisy.

I went along with our current challenge theme which is, "Paint it Up!" I used a couple of Copics to color her hair, skin, pants, and flowers, and I water colored her dress. I used a circle cutter to trim her out.

For the water she is dancing in, I sprayed Bahama Blue Fireworks!, Original Goosebumps, and Wedding Dress irRESISTables...all from Imagine Crafts. Then I unscrewed the sprayer from my Denim Memories Mist and drew the water ripples with the straw end after the other layers of spray had dried.

You can see the texture and shine of the "water" in the photo above. Last, I die cut my sentiment, which is from the Stampendous Spring Sentiments set, with a Fitted Frame (also from Stampendous). I used foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives to pop them up. I'd like to note that the sprays were done on a separate piece of white cardstock, so that my card base didn't curl up. Please be sure to check out the rest of this week's creations from the A Day for Daises team over on the Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Back to School Layout

Hello! I am really excited to share a layout that I made using Bo Bunny and Imagine Crafts products. Imagine Crafts is doing a fun collaboration with Bo Bunny this week, and I am really happy to be playing along. The paper I was given from was just begging to be used for a Back to School Layout, so that's just what I did.

I used a photo from my kids' first day of school for the 2014-2015 year. I fell in love with the Toy Box  papers I was sent. It's so bright and cheery. I decided to do a bit of embellishing on the main paper, which is called Toy Box Circles.

I chose some random circles and used the Goosebumps Dauber on them. I just pressed the dauber top directly on the circles to give a nice texture and sheen to some of them. After the Goosebumps dried, I outlined the outer circle with Tuxedo Black irRESISTables Pico Embellisher. Then, I fussy cut one strip f crayons (Toy Box Colors paper) for the side of my layout. 

I cut out one of the squares from the Toy Box paper that I wanted to use as my title for the layout. Since I wanted the title to follow the curve of the sun, I first laid out the letters directly on the sun without putting them on to my block. When they were arranged correctly, I just pushed my block on to the letters carefully, so that I didn't shift them at all. Then, when I inked them up and stamped them, they were placed perfectly! 

I inked up the mat that I created from the Toy Box Recess paper with some Pear Tart and Summer Sky Memento Ink. My tag was written on with a Memento Marker and inked up as well. 

I used some Tear It! tape to tack down the Divine Twine that I used from Whisker Graphics. The tag is from Whisker Graphics as well. This paper has really made me want to get more layouts made. I have so many pictures printed...and this Toy Box is perfect for a lot of them. So I will need to get scrappin'! Be sure to visit the Imagine Crafts Blog to see more fantastic projects featuring Bo Bunny. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Circus Act with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge. This week, we are sponsored by Ppinky Dolls and the theme is "Circus Act."

I used Clown Dance for my ATC. She was colored in with my Faber-Castell Pastel Pencils. My background was spritzed and sprayed with a variety of mists, including Wedding Dress irRESISTables from Imagine Crafts, and Memory Mists in Pink Lemonade.

Around the edge, I created faux stitching with irRESISTables Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress, also from Imagine Crafts. I love the dimension of the irRESISTables. I hope you liked my latest ATC. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals over on the Blog to see more creations with Ppinky Dolls. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Paint it Up with A Day for Daisies

Hello! It's time for a new  Day for Daises challenge. Plus, the Design Team and I are showing off the new May Club Kit images. They are just darling! The challenge for the next 2 weeks is "Paint it Up," which is fabulous...I love adding paint to my projects.

I used Little Dancer Flower for my card today. I colored her with my Tombow Dual Brush markers and I fussy cut her out.

Using watercolor paper, I spritzed some water on it and then sprinkled some Color Burst on the wet paper. I played around with it a bit to get the results that I wanted, and I love how it winds up looking very painterly without actually being "painted."

After the watercolor paper dried, I used a border punch on one side. I made a card from pale yellow cardstock, and wrote "dance" on the side with a PITT pen. Please be sure to visit the rest of the A Day for Daises team over on the Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Whisker Graphics Hop- Chive Chewing


Hello and welcome! The Stampendous team is collaborating with Whisker Graphics this week, and WOW! Their Divine Twine is just that...divine! And I adore their tags. I used their gray tag today, and the color is fabulous! We've got prizes up for grabs, and you can get the full details on the Stampendous Blog


I shared a project yesterday that featured Whisker Graphic's Divine Twine (I just couldn't wait to share it!), so please check out that post too. But first, today's project. Check out the cute Chive Chewing House Mouse stamp. 

Supplies:
Stampendous: 
HMH04: Chive Chewing 
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
DCP1006: Fitted Frames Set B
DWLX7013: Pinwheel Checkerboard Stencil
PK03: Gemstone Pearl Lustre Embossing Kit
EI101: Boss Gloss Embossing Ink with Dauber
ASCRS03: Industrial Stamp Set
SSC1239: Spring Sentiments
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
Acrylic Stamp Handle
STF082: Onyx Black VersaFine Ink

Others:Tombow Dual Brush Markers: 491,158, 126, 676, 623, 850, 761, 990, 942, 947, 977, 992, N75, N89
My Colors Cardstock: Plum, Grasshopper
Imagine Crafts: Honeydew Ultimate Metallic Ink
Color Box: Chestnut Roan Ink
May Arts: Ribbon
Whisker Graphics: Tag
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dy Glue


Directions:
1. Stamp Chive Chewing Stamp with VersaFine ink in Tuxedo Black on to Mixed Media Paper. Color using Tombow Dual Brush markers using the direct-to-paper method using the colors listed in the supplies. 

2. Die Cut the completed image using a die from the Fitted Frames Set A. I then used a larger die from Set B and Plum colored cardstock to create a mat. Ink the Plum mat with Honeydew metallic ink. 

3. Using a white tag, lay the Pinwheel Checkerboard stencil on top, and apply the embossing ink from the dauber all over the tag. Don't go for perfection. Getting the basic shape of the stencil is good enough for this tag. Next, using Tanzanite embossing powder from the Gemstone Kit, heat emboss the powder over the entire tag. 

4. Using the "Metal" stamp from the Industrial set, apply to a clear block and ink with Chestnut Roan ink. Apply over the entire tag. You can wipe off excess (where it's been embossed) with a tissue.

5. Die cut the smallest frame from Set B with Grasshopper cardstock, and stamp the sentiment using Tuxedo Black. Ink the edges with Chestnut Roan. 

6. Using Zip Dry Glue, add your elements to the tag. Finish off with a piece of olive green May Arts ribbon. 

Below are the links for all the folks sharing projects today. Be sure to check them all out! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison Heikkila (that's me)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fruits and Veggies with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. This week, we are sponsored by A Day for Daises, so you know I am a happy girl since I love Tammy's images so so much. The theme this week is "Fruits and Veggies."

I used Canned Pear for my ATC. I colored the image with my Tombow Dual Brush markers. I fussy cut it out, and added it to some cool striped paper that pulled out the colors that I used to color the image. I added that to some yellow cardstock, and I inked the edges. I also added some Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics, who, coincidentally the Stampendous team is doing a hop with this week. You'll see a project from me for that on Thursday. 


I love how citrusy this ATC came out. I don't usually use this combination of colors, but I love how refreshing it is. And that twine was really perfect for it too. Please check out all of the other "yummy" ATC's that the rest of the team has created by visiting the Wicked Wednesday Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!